Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Way He Carries Me

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic.

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.”¯Here is this week's reading from the book of Psalms:

Psalm 138:3

On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

The following excerpt was originally published in”¯ Wishful Thinking ”¯and later in”¯ Beyond Words :

There must be a God because (a) since the beginning of”¯history the most variegated majority of people have intermittently”¯believed there was; (b) it is hard to consider the vast”¯and complex structure of the universe in general and of the”¯human mind in particular without considering the possibility”¯that they issued from some ultimate source, itself vast, complex,”¯and somehow mindful; (c) built into the very being of”¯even the most primitive man there seems to be a profound”¯psychophysical need or hunger for something like truth,”¯goodness, love, and—under one alias or another—for God”¯himself; and (d) every age and culture has produced mystics”¯who have experienced a Reality beyond reality and have”¯come back using different words and images but obviously”¯and without collusion describing with awed adoration the”¯same Indescribability.